10 Things you can do with Yoga to help you Keep off the Fat

by Sam Malone

People all over the world have heard about the technique of yoga as a means of keeping fit. This age old form of exercise is the one of the newest introductions to the west. Yoga is the centering of the physical, mental and spiritual senses of the body to achieve optimum fitness and well being. Prayanama (breathing exercises) and yoga asanas combine to help rid the body of many ailments and health conditions. This ancient Indian form of exercise unites and disciplines the mind, body and soul to attain good health and/or attain ‘moksha’ (ultimate consciousness).

Different yoga asanas (postures) can help with different sorts of health conditions. It has become increasingly popular in weight-loss programs. Certain postures in conjunction with controlled breathing in yoga helps in digestion by increasing metabolic activity, which in turns helps to burn fat quickly. Yoga works best when it is combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. It also works as a de-stressing mechanism, energizing and rejuvenating you at the same time.  Here are ten yoga postures that can help you keep off the fat:

  1. Suryanamaskar: The benefits of this asana are multifold. But does the suryanamaskar help in weight loss? Good news is that it does! It increases your metabolism, helps all your muscles stretch out and triggers weight loss. People with arthritis, a heart condition or a slipped disc will need to consult their doctor before starting this routine. The amount of calories burnt will depend on your weight, the duration of the session and the intensity. A person weighing 130 pounds can burn up to 400 calories with an intense suryanamaskar workout.
  2. Bhastrika: Is controlled and comfortable yet involves vigorous breathing. This asana functions at a cellular level, increasing the metabolic rate of the body. Calories burned in Bhastrika are achieved through the generation of inner heat, and thus eliminating toxins and waste. It also activates and invigorates the workings of the liver, the pancreas, the spleen and the abdominal muscles.
  3. Sarvasangana (Shoulder Stand): Is known as the queen of all asanas as it benefits the entire body. The Sarvasangana helps to increase metabolism, eliminating the fat and uncovering the muscle. Not only do you end up whittling those unwanted calories, but you also get toned muscles and increased vitality.
  4. Paschimottanasana (Head to Knees Pose): Helps in loss of weight especially around your belly area. It also works on the abdominal and hamstring muscles.
  5. Utkatasana (Twisted Chair Pose): Helps to increase circulation by using and twisting every muscle in the body. This jumpstarts your internal organs and assists in digestion.
  6. Salabhasana (Locust Pose): Strengthens your leg and lower back muscles. It elongates the spinal column, opens up the chest in addition to boosting your energy and revving you up.
  7. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): Iincreases metabolism and mobilizes the entire spinal column. It has a great effect on your enzyme-producing organs by increasing the activity and efficiency of the liver, pancreas, large intestine and small intestine.
  8. Garuda Asana (Eagle Pose): Energizes and activates the entire body. It increases metabolism, helps in digestion and is said to burn 204 calories per hour.
  9. Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge Pose): Increases the heart rate which in turn speeds up metabolism. It also strengthens your hip flexors, legs and arms.
  10. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose): It stimulates the thyroid glands which are responsible for the hormones that regulate your metabolism. It also stretches the neck, spine and chest.
Studies have proven that yoga is effective in decreasing weight, reducing cardiovascular disorders, bringing down high blood pressure and hypertension. It is best to learn yoga from certified yoga instructors. Consult your physician before taking up yoga.

Reference
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2176145/

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